The Stark Museum of Art, located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, invites families and visitors of all ages to I HEART Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission to this event is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The public is invited to celebrate loved ones at I HEART Family Day. Visitors will have the opportunity to make their own valentine cards and heart-inspired art. Projects will include making a ‘carrier’ pigeon, a family heart chain, and various valentines-inspired projects, such as string cards. In the galleries, a scavenger hunt will lead participants to images of love and family. Prizes, stories, and complimentary refreshments will be available.

A highlight of Family Day will be visiting artist Joan Son, who will demonstrate techniques of origami, a form of artistic paper folding. She will teach visitors to fold origami hearts and help visitors create origami butterflies as part of a Family Day installation. Joan Son is a member and teacher with the professional organization Origami USA. She has created numerous large-scale installations for public and private venues, exhibiting her work in cities such as Austin, Galveston and Houston, and even New York City and San Francisco.

Especially for older students and adult visitors, a docent will give ten-minute gallery spotlights during the Family Day. The presentation will focus on Harold Von Schmidt’s painting Cliff Watched Her Out of Sight and Deep Within Him His Secret Glowed. This work is an illustration for Zane Grey’s novel The Shepherd of Guadaloupe, which is a story of star-crossed lovers who, like Romeo and Juliet, come from feuding families.

Hannah Fuller, Education Intern, welcomes the public, saying, “We are very excited to present I HEART Family Day and to give our visitors the opportunity to create origami butterflies for a special Family Day installation. We invite the public to come to the museum to create valentines, participate in the installation, and discover how different artists have expressed the theme of love.” Fuller reminds families that all ages are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409-886-ARTS (2787) or

In conjunction with I HEART Family Day, visitors are invited to see Victorian Valentine’s Day, a new exhibit at The W.H. Stark House. As part of the Victorian Valentine’s Dayexhibit, visitors will see ways a Victorian-era couple celebrated Valentine’s Day, including the Dining Room set for a romantic dinner, a special gift which represents what may have been exchanged between Miriam and William Henry Stark in honor of the holiday, and in the Master Bedroom, a never before exhibited dress, shoes and accessories that Miriam Lutcher Stark would have worn for a special occasion. In addition, visitors of all ages will have the chance to create a free Valentine’s Day card in the adjacent Carriage House, located at 610 West Main Avenue in Orange, Texas, which serves as the entrance for the Victorian Valentine’s Day exhibition. Tours of The W.H. Stark House will be available to visitors ten years of age or older and regular tour admission charges will apply. For details, visit

Located at 610 West Main Avenue in Orange, Texas, The W.H. Stark House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 409-883-0871 or

Pictured: Artist Joan Son will teach Family Day visitors to create origami at the Stark Museum on Feb. 16.